What Do Truck Accident Lawyers Do?
Truck accidents are serious – often deadly – accidents that lead to challenging truck accident claims. If you or someone you care about has suffered an injury in such an accident, obtaining just compensation that covers your complete losses can play a critical role in your ability to recover to the degree possible, and at this point is where an experienced South Carolina truck accident lawyer comes in.
Truck Accident Statistics
Truck accidents are not rare occurrences. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) shares the following statistics that highlight exactly how dangerous and prevalent truck accidents are:
In 2020, there were 4,842 fatal truck accidents, which is a 33 percent increase over 2011.
The accident-involvement rate per 100 million miles traveled by trucks was up 18 percent in 2020 over 2011.
In 2020, large trucks made up 4 percent of all the registered vehicles on our roadways, accounted for 10 percent of all the vehicle miles traveled and were involved in 9 percent of all the fatal traffic accidents.
The occupants of the other vehicles involved in truck accidents are far more likely to be injured or killed than are the occupants of the truck itself.
How a Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you’ve suffered an injury by a truck driver’s negligence, a dedicated truck accident lawyer can help in a number of important ways.
Evaluate Your Claim and Your Losses
If you’ve suffered an injury in a truck accident, you’re vulnerable and probably have no idea where to turn for the help you need. A seasoned truck accident lawyer will evaluate your truck accident claim from a professional legal perspective, helping you better understand the strengths and challenges involved and what to expect as you move forward. Another important role played by your truck accident lawyer is pinpointing the full extent of your covered losses (current, ongoing, and future), including:
Property damage to your car
Your medical costs
Your lost wages
Your pain and suffering
Collect the Evidence Available
Proving the truck driver’s negligence in the accident that leaves you injured will come down to the available evidence, which your truck accident attorney will carefully gather, including:
Testimony from eyewitnesses at the scene
Physical evidence collected at the scene
The police accident report
Negotiate a Fair Settlement
Your focused truck accident lawyer will enter into skilled negotiations with the insurance company in pursuit of compensation that fairly covers your losses. In the event that the insurance company is not interested in proceeding in good faith, your lawyer will be prepared to take the matter to trial.
An Experienced South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
Andrew Littlejohn Johnson at Littlejohn Law – serving Columbia, Allendale, Jasper, Orangeburg, and Hampton, South Carolina – is a trusted truck accident lawyer with a wealth of experience skillfully guiding truck accident claims like yours toward beneficial resolutions, and we’re here for you too. Learn more by contacting or calling us at 803-764-4099 today.